Colic Relief with Essential Oils

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Being a parent is tough; there are no ifs, ands, or buts, or about it. Newborns bring with them a whole set of unique challenges. Between middle-of-the-night feedings, constant diaper changes, and all the other struggles that come with newborns, parents are just plain tired. We’re told to “sleep when they sleep,” which in theory is great, but who has time for that?

The time when they’re sleeping is when you finally have a few minutes to clean up the kitchen, throw in some laundry, or just grab the mail. Or if you’re like me, you’re working from home, so those precious minutes when they’re sleeping are when you’re trying to get some work done. Throw colic into the mix, and your stress level doubles. No matter what we do, we just can’t seem to console the poor little one.

Our son was less than a week old when the colic started in. As a first-time parent, I didn’t even know what was going on. I knew he was fussy almost all the time, but I didn’t know why. Then I learned about colic. I had of course heard the word but had no idea what it really was. I still don’t. What I do know, though, is it’s no fun, and it’s often digestion- or gas-related.

Our first phone call was to the chiropractor. My chiropractor has two (now grown) boys of his own, and he has tons of experience with chiropractic care for people of all ages–including babies and young kids. When I called to make the appointment, I was nearly in tears just explaining what was happening. I was ecstatic to get in that same afternoon. By the time we arrived at the appointment, I was desperate for anything that would just calm him for more than a few minutes.

After a brief discussion of the delivery and a Q&A about his current health and behavior, I handed the little man over to our doctor. He made a couple tiny adjustments and passed him back, and we were on our way. It was like a light switch! He went from seemingly nonstop fussy to happy and chill almost immediately. My husband, who had previously been a bit unsure of chiropractic care, was SOLD.

To help our little guy going forward, I also mixed up a roller bottle with essential oils and fractionated coconut oil. For babies under a year, you only need about 4 drops of essential oils in a 10-mL roller bottle. Be sure to use only certified pure therapeutic grade oils–especially on babies and kids. I use and recommend doTERRA oils. Sign up as a wholesale member today, and order doTERRA oils for 25% off retail price!

Ok, enough talk. Ready for the roller bottle recipe?

Ingredients:

Make It:

  1. Add essential oils to your roller bottle.
  2. Fill with fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Cap and shake.
  4. To use it, apply after feeding or as needed to baby’s tummy in clockwise circles around the belly button.

*Lavender and wild orange worked great for us, but you may find other oils are more successful for you and your little one. Other good options to consider are cardamom, ginger, and chamomile. What other natural remedies have you found success with for colic?

Get Relief from Your Cold with All-natural Essential Oils

 

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We’ve all been there: the first signs of an oncoming cold appear. Maybe for you it’s a scratchy throat or a runny nose or an annoying cough. Whatever that sign is, we all react in a similar way–UGH.

Several years ago, I was quick to reach for over-the-counter “remedies” when these symptoms hit. I just needed something to stop the runny nose; soothe the scratchy, sore throat; unplug the plugged nose; and curb the cough. For me, it was often Dayquil and Nyquil. Maybe it’s something else for you, but the idea is the same: just let me get through the day and night with some relief!

I realized, though, that there’s a problem with all of these drugstore products. They don’t actually fix the underlying problem. They simply mask the symptoms. So what does fix the problem? Our bodies. With time, our body will fight the common cold on its own. We can shorten that time by taking care of ourselves: getting good rest, drinking lots of fluids, and eating good foods. But what if we could do something else? What if we could help our bodies heal faster?

That question led me to essential oils over a year ago. If our bodies truly are capable of healing themselves, then maybe we can help our bodies do that. Certainly, we can do the things I mentioned above to take better care of ourselves, but we can also use all-natural essential oils to help.

Essential oils are able to penetrate cell walls. Why does that matter? It means they can get into the affected cells and fix them from the inside out. When the cells are healthier, they can heal our bodies faster. By choosing oils appropriate for fighting the common cold, then, we can help our bodies heal faster, and we can get relief from the symptoms. Double win!

I make this easy roller bottle blend for everyone in our house. Since I have young kids, I have different bottles with different dilutions. Young kids are more sensitive and will respond to treatment with fewer drops of essential oil than adults, so it’s important to mix your bottles with the right dilution:

  • Infants one year and under: 2-4 drops essential oil
  • Toddlers age 1 to 5: 4-8 drops essential oil
  • Kids age 6 to 12: 8-14 drops essential oil
  • Ages 13+: 14-20 drops essential oil

You’ll first need roller bottles to fill. To prolong effectiveness, it’s best to store essential oils in dark glass like amber or cobalt. I like these from Amazon. You can also use clear bottles like these if you store them in a cool, dark place and use them within a few months.

As for the essential oils, be sure to use only certified pure therapeutic grade oils. I only use and recommend doTERRA oils (if you need oils, click that link!). You’ll also need a carrier oil to fill your bottle and to aid in the application of the oils. I like fractionated coconut oil, but sweet almond oil and other light oils are also good options.

Ingredients:

  • Essential oils
    • Infants one year and under: 1-2 drops lemon, 1-2 drops lavender
    • Toddlers age 1 to 5: 1-2 drops Breathe (doTERRA proprietary blend), 2-4 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon
    • Kids age 6 to 12: 2-4 drops Breathe, 3-6 drops lavender, 3-4 drops lemon
    • Ages 13+: 6-9 drops Breathe, 4-6 drops lavender, 4-6 drops lemon
  • Fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice)

Make It:

  1. Add essential oils to roller bottle.
  2. Fill with carrier oil.
  3. Cap and shake gently.

Use It:

  • For infants and toddlers, apply to feet bottoms every 3-6 hours as needed. It works best if you put socks on after application.
  • For older kids and adults, apply to feet bottoms and/or spine every 3-6 hours as needed. When applying to the spine, I like to apply it in small circles, making my way up or down the spine.

 

homemade dishwasher detergent tabs

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Wow! These were easy to make, and they work! Scrap those expensive dishwasher detergent tabs, and make your own!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups washing soda (find it by the laundry stain & odor removers)
  • 3/4 cups Borax (find it by the laundry stain & odor removers)
  • 1/2 cup coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup citric acid (find it in the canning aisle)
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 10-15 drops lemon essential oil

Make Them:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Slowly stir in vinegar.
  3. Add essential oils.
  4. Press into ice cube trays or molds. I found full-size cubes in an ice cube tray were much bigger than necessary (especially since we have a water softener), so filling halfway is perfect.
  5. Allow to dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
  6. Pop out of trays or molds and transfer to an airtight container to store. Store in a cool, dark place.
  7. Yield: approx. 32 half-ice cube tabs (two ice cube trays)

Use Them:

  • Tabs don’t have to be placed in the detergent compartment. If your dishwasher has a special location for tabs, use that. Otherwise, you can just toss one on the bottom of the tub.
  • For rinse agent, I use distilled white vinegar with lemon essential oil – 20 drops oil per quart of vinegar. Shake before filling compartment.
  • These tabs are also multi-purpose!
    • Drop one in your garbage disposal, run hot water, and let the disposal run for 30 seconds to a minute.
    • Toss one on the bottom of your dishwasher tub, and run an empty hot cycle with sanitize (if your dishwasher has that option) to clean your dishwasher tub and lines.
  • Have an extra-greasy load? Hard water? If you answered yes to either (or both!) of those things, add just a couple (no more than three) drops of regular dish soap to your dishwasher when you run a load.

Cost Comparison:

  • This recipe = 5 cents per load
  • Finish tabs at Walmart = 17 cents per load